Basking in Reagan's Troubles

Now all the Democrats need is a program of their own

By all appearances, it was an oldtime Democratic love fest. The party faithful, breaking with recent practice, were actually faithful: they did not split up into bitter factions or call one another names. Presidential hopefuls preened, smiled and whispered sweet nothings into delegates' ears. To top it all off, there was a rousing speech by a Kennedy. "The dawn is near, our hearts are bright," intoned Senator Ted of Massachusetts. "Our cause is right, and our day is coming again."

Indeed, as some 900...

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